49ers’ 2020 Re-Draft Has Team Adding CB & Trench Help

Brandon Aiyuk


A re-do of the 2020 NFL Draft has the 49ers not taking their original first round picks, including Brandon Aiyuk.

Cornerback and offensive guard were high needs for the San Francisco 49ers during the 2022 free agency and NFL Draft period.

But what if the ‘Niners took those needs two years ago?

Pro Football Focus played the “what if” game and channeled their inner general manager by revisiting the 2020 NFL Draft on Wednesday, June 22. And the conclusion PFF writer Ben Linsey and company drew: The 49ers would have not taken Javon Kinlaw at No. 14 and Brandon Aiyuk at No. 25.

Who are the replacements for both in this draft rewind? Ironically, the two new picks have this tie-in: One hails from the Kansas City Chiefs, the team that lost their top shutdown cornerback Charvarius Ward to the 49ers this offseason. The other is a versatile offensive option now gearing up for former 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel down in Miami. Here’s who PFF went with.

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14th Overall Pick Would’ve ‘Fit Nicely’ in S.F.

And the 14th overall pick in the 2020 draft isn’t the defensive lineman Kinlaw out of South Carolina.

Instead, the 49ers select: L’Jarius Sneed, cornerback, Louisiana Tech.